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Dearing Mountain Trail

Fryman Canyon Park To Treepeople Park

Cross Mountain Park System

Hiking Distance: 5 Miles Round Trip

Hiking Time: 2.5 Hours

Configuration: Out-And-Back Or Loop On Residential Streets Elevation Gain: 500 Feet Difficulty: Moderate

Exposure: Exposed Slopes And Shaded Canyon Dogs: Allowed

Maps: U.S.G.S. Beverly Hills And Van Nuys Trails Illustrated Santa Monica Mountains Nat’L Rec Area

Fryman Canyon Park, Which Encompasses More Than 120 Acres, Sits On A North-Facing Hillside Bordering Mulholland Drive. At The Trailhead, The Nancy Hoover Pohl Overlook (Formerly Known As The Fryman Canyon Overlook) Provides Views Across The Wooded Canyon To The San Fernando Valley, Santa Susana Mountains, And The San Gabriel Mountains. This Hike On The Dearing Mountain Trail Descends Into The Canyon From The Overlook, Connecting Fryman Canyon Park With Coldwater Canyon Park And Wilacre Park.

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To The Trailhead

From Sunset Boulevard In Beverly Hills, Head North On Beverly Drive For 0.6 Miles. At The Fork, Go Right Onto Coldwater Canyon Drive. Continue 3 Miles To An Intersection With Mulholland Drive. Turn Right On Mulholland Drive, And Go 2 Miles To The Posted Fryman Canyon Park Entrance On The Left. Turn Left Into The Parking Lot.

From The Ventura Freeway/Highway 101 In Studio City, Exit On Laurel Canyon Boulevard. Head 2.8 Miles South To The Intersection With Mulholland Drive. Turn Right On Mulholland Drive, And Drive 0.8 Miles To The Posted Fryman Canyon Park Entrance On The Right.

The Hike

To The Left Of The Trailhead, Steps Lead Up To The Pohl (Fryman Canyon) Overlook. The Posted Dearing Mountain Trail Descends To A Junction A Short Distance Ahead (Also Known As The Betty B. Dearing Trail). Bear Left And Zigzag Down Seven Switchbacks Into Fryman Canyon. Follow The Contours Of The Hillside, And Make A Horseshoe Right Bend Across A Spring-Fed Drainage. Pass Remnants Of A Few Old Cars, And Continue On The Canyon Wall To A T- Junction. Take The Left Fork And Stroll Through A Mature Grove Of Oak And Eucalyptus Trees. Cross A Stream In A Ravine And Bear Left. Cross Another Drainage By A Huge Sandstone Outcrop, And Pass An Overlook Of A Few

Showcase Homes. Curve Right On A Footpath And Traverse The Sloping Hillside. Descend Steps And Emerge On Iredell Lane At 2 Miles. Bear Left For 0.1 Mile To The Cul-De-Sac. Pick Up The Posted Dearing Mountain Trail, And Ascend The Hillside For A Half Mile To A Junction. Bear Left And Stroll Through The Magic Forest Nature Trail, Or Ascend The Steps To The Park Headquarters And An Educational Facility At Treepeople Park.

To Return To The Trailhead, There Are Three Hiking Options. Return Along The Same Route For The Shortest Option. Continue With Hike 63 For A Loop Through Wilacre Park. Or, Loop Back Through Residential Areas Utilizing Iredell Street And Fryman Road Reference Hike 65. I

Dearing Mountain Trail

Fryman Canyon Park To Treepeople Park

Fryman Canyon Loop Fryman Canyon Park Cross Mountain Park System

8401 Mulholland Drive Studio City

Hiking Distance: 4 Miles Round Trip Hiking Time: 2 Hours

Configuration: Loop (Partially On Residential Streets)

Elevation Gain: 500 Feet Difficulty: Easy To Moderate Exposure: Exposed Slopes And Shaded Canyon Dogs: Allowed

Maps: U.S.G.S. Beverly Hills And Van Nuys Trails Illustrated Santa Monica Mountains Nat’L Rec Area

The Fryman Canyon Loop Passes Through Fryman Canyon Park And A Quiet Residential Area Along The Park Border, Forming A Loop Hike Through This Park At The Eastern End Of The Santa Monica Mountains. Several Parks In This Area Are Collectively Referred To As Cross Mountain Park: Fryman Canyon Park, Coldwater Canyon Park, Wilacre Park, And Franklin Canyon Park. (Hikes 60-65 Are Located Within These Parklands.) The Mountain Paths Through The 1,000-Acre Park System Cross Ridges, Wind Through Chaparral-Covered Hillsides, And Meander Up Stream-Fed Canyons. All Of The Parks Are Connected With Hiking Paths, Offering Many Opportunities For Extended Hiking.

To The Trailhead

From Sunset Boulevard In Beverly Hills, Head North On Beverly Drive For 0.6 Miles. At The Fork, Go Right Onto Coldwater Canyon Drive. Continue 3 Miles To An Intersection With Mulholland Drive. Turn Right On Mulholland Drive, And Go 2 Miles To The Posted Fryman Canyon Park Entrance On The Left. Turn Left Into The Parking Lot.

From The Ventura Freeway/Highway 101 In Studio City, Exit On Laurel Canyon Boulevard. Head 2.8 Miles South To The Intersection With Mulholland Drive. Turn Right On Mulholland Drive, And Drive 0.8 Miles To The Posted Fryman Canyon Park Entrance On The Right.

Fryman Canyon Loop

Fryman Canyon Park

To The Left Of The Trailhead, Steps Lead Up To The Nancy Hoover Pohl Overlook (Formerly The Fryman Canyon Overlook). The Posted Dearing Mountain Trail Gradually Descends On The Chaparral-Covered Slope. A Short Distance Ahead Is A Junction On The Left, Our Return Route. Stay Straight, Following The Contours Of The Hillside On A Near-Level Grade That Overlooks Fryman Canyon. Pass Oak Groves To A Trail Split At 0.4 Miles. The Right (Upper Trail) Dead-Ends In A Quarter Mile Near Laurel Canyon Boulevard. Take The Lower (Left) Fork, Dropping Down Into The Canyon To A T-Junction With An Unpaved Road Behind A Row Of Homes Fronted On Briarcliff Lane. Follow The Road Downhill To The Left For 0.3 Miles Along The Park Boundary To The Base Of Fryman Canyon, Where The Road Becomes Paved. Detour Left For 100 Yards Up The Canyon On The Footpath. Cross A Ravine And Meander Up The Canyon Floor On The Tree- Shaded Path. Curving Right Is A Narrow, Stream-Fed Canyon Where The Trail Fades And Becomes Hard To Follow.

Return To The Road. Bear Left 0.1 Mile To The South End Of Fryman Road. Follow Fryman Road To The Left 0.4 Miles To Iredell Street. Bear Left And Walk Up The Residential Road, Curving Left On Iredell Lane. One Hundred Yards Before The Cul-De-Sac, Pick Up The Dearing Mountain Trail On The Left. Climb The Steps And Wind Through Fryman Canyon Under The Shade Of Eucalyptus And Oak Groves. Cross A Spring-Fed Drainage, And Steadily Climb Seven Switchbacks To The Head Of Fryman Canyon, Completing The Loop At The T- Junction. Return To The Trailhead On The Right.

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